(13 July Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) Today world leaders convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. Malaria elimination featured high on the agenda with H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) and H.E. Madame Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, hosting a side session on financing malaria to encourage increased domestic and international support to achieve ambitious 2030 malaria goals.
Malaria Financing for a New Era: An Exceptional Case for Investment provided a platform to showcase the benefits of investing in malaria, highlighting the need for innovative approaches to increase funding, and accelerate progress.
United Nations Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon, flagged the unique opportunity provided by the SDGs: “As we move toward a new set of global goals for sustainable development, we have an unprecedented opportunity to put an end to the global threat of malaria once and for all. Achieving this will take continued and greater investments from all countries, including a robust replenishment of the Global Fund.”
Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, reinforced the importance of ensuring country-led approaches stating, “Countries must lead; domestic resources leverage international funds.”
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO and Dr Fatoumata Nafo Traoré , Executive Director of RBM also presented their respective Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 and Action and Investment to defeat Malaria 2016-2030 – for a malaria-free world, during the side session, which together provide the path toward malaria’s elimination and contributing to many of the proposed SDGs.
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The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the United Nation’s Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing for the Health Related Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria, and Malaria No More co-organized the official side event.